Earle Hesse Kennard

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Earle Hesse Kennard (born August 2, 1885 in Columbus (Ohio) , † January 31, 1968 in Claremont (California) ) was an American theoretical physicist. He was a professor at Cornell University .

Kennard studied at Pomona College (BA 1907) and as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University (BS 1911). In 1913 he received his doctorate (Ph. D.) from Cornell University, where he remained except for a brief period from 1914 to 1916 as an instructor at the University of Minnesota and in 1926 became a professor of physics, which he remained until 1946. In 1926 he was on a sabbatical year at the University of Göttingen , where he learned about quantum mechanics from Werner Heisenberg and Pascual Jordan . Kennard himself also wrote some important essays on quantum mechanics during this time, including Heisenberg's uncertainty principle .

From 1941 he was a consultant to the David Taylor Model Basin (DTMB) laboratory of the US Navy, where he headed the laboratory for hydromechanics from 1946 to 1949 and the laboratory for structural mechanics from 1950 to 1957. From 1957 until his retirement in 1960 he was scientific advisor to the director and continued to work as a consultant on a contract basis. He dealt with hydrodynamics and vibrations of ships and underwater explosions.

He supervised the new editions of the physics textbook by FK Richtmyer (3rd edition 1942 to 5th edition 1955).


  • Kinetic theory of gases , McGraw Hill 1938
  • with Floyd Karker Richtmyer, JN Cooper Introduction to modern Physics , 6th edition, McGraw Hill 1969 (first by Richtmyer 1928, from 1934 Kennard was co-author)

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Individual evidence

  1. Kennard On the quantum mechanics of simple types of movement , Zeitschrift für Physik, Volume 44, 1927, pp. 326–352